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The Painted Veil ()


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A wife neglected by her husband, a medical researcher in China, falls in love with a dashing diplomatic attaché.

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Katrin
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Walter Fane
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Jack Townsend
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General Yu
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Herr Koerber
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Frau Koerber
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Mrs. Townsend
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Olga
Soo Yong ...
Amah
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Waddington
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ...
Polo Player (scenesDeleted)
Mariska Aldrich ...
German Teacher (scenesDeleted)
Maidena Armstrong ...
German (scenesDeleted)
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Bridegroom (scenesDeleted)
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Frau Koerber (scenesDeleted)
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(scenesDeleted)
W.H. Davis ...
German (scenesDeleted)
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Chief of Police (scenesDeleted)
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German (scenesDeleted)
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English Governor (scenesDeleted)
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Polo Player (scenesDeleted)
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Husband (scenesDeleted)
Jane Keckley ...
German Teacher (scenesDeleted)
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German Teacher (scenesDeleted)
Gus Leonard ...
Major Domo (scenesDeleted)
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ...
Fat Man (scenesDeleted)
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Motherly Woman (scenesDeleted)
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Jovial German (scenesDeleted)
Phil Ormsby ...
Polo Player (scenesDeleted)
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Polo Player (scenesDeleted)
Delmar Watson ...
Crying Boy (scenesDeleted)
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Stuttering Woman (scenesDeleted)
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Fish-Faced Mother (uncredited)
Alice Cooke ...
Curious Woman (uncredited)
Jack Don ...
Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Herbert Farjeon ...
Dr. Simons (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Braithwaite (uncredited)
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Lady Coldchester (uncredited)
Jeffrey Halse ...
Ricketts (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ...
Dr. Somerset (uncredited)
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Englishman (uncredited)
Jane Kerr ...
Cruel Woman (uncredited)
Laura Lau ...
Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ...
Spinster (uncredited)
Eddie Lee ...
Fane's Chinese Servant (uncredited)
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Chinese Peasant (uncredited)
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Shay Key Fong (uncredited)
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Mother Superior (uncredited)
Leo McCabe ...
Pendergrass (uncredited)
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Specialty Dancer - the Maiden (uncredited)
Henry Mowbray ...
Lord Coldchester (uncredited)
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Barrett - Townsend's Secretary (uncredited)
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Specialty Dancer - the Sun God (uncredited)
Susanne Ransom ...
Child (uncredited)
Camille Rovelle ...
Fish-Faced Girl (uncredited)
Y.C. Shui ...
Tong Chin (uncredited)
Terry Spencer ...
Horse Groom (uncredited)
Lee Tinn ...
Dr. Jupie (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart ...
Heinrich - the Bridegroom (uncredited)
James Wang ...
Curio Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
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Extra in Hong Kong Scene (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Boleslawski

Written by

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John Meehan ... (screen play) &
Salka Viertel ... (screen play) and
Edith Fitzgerald ... (screen play)
 
W. Somerset Maugham ... (from the novel by)

Produced by

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Hunt Stromberg ... producer

Music by

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Herbert Stothart

Cinematography by

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William H. Daniels ... (photographed by) (as William Daniels)

Film Editing by

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Hugh Wynn ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons

Costume Design by

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Adrian ... (gowns)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Robert A. Golden ... assistant director (uncredited)
Horace Hough ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Alexander Toluboff ... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis ... associate art director

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director
Art Wilson ... sound mixer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Milton Brown ... still photographer (uncredited)
Clarence Sinclair Bull ... still photographer (uncredited)
George W. Hill ... supervising photographer: China (uncredited)

Music Department

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Wayne Allen ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Chester Hale ... stager: Chinese fantasy
Hubert I. Stowitts ... conceiver: Chinese fantasy (as Stowitts)
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Plot Summary

In Austria, Katrin is lonely after her sister's marriage and she agrees to marry her father's research associate Dr. Walter Fane. Fane takes her to China but constantly ignors her in favour of his medical research. Lonely Katrin has an affair with Jack Townsend of the British Embassy. When it is discovered by Walter he becomes very bitter. Fane travels to fight a cholera epidemic and Katrin goes with him and helps. They grow closer together than ever before but Walter is knifed in a riot incited by the burning of a cholera infested town. Now their new found happiness will depend on Walter's survival. Written by Gary Jackson

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Taglines Do not pass love by...It may never come again! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le voile des illusions (France)
  • Der bunte Schleier (Germany)
  • El velo pintado (Spain)
  • Det brogede slør (Denmark)
  • Det brokete slør (Norway)
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  • 85 min
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Budget $947,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $1,120,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Background shots in China supervised by George W. Hill were also used in The Good Earth (1937). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Good Earth (1937). See more »
Soundtracks Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride) See more »
Quotes Katrin Koerber Fane: [after Townsend impulsively kisses Katrin] How could you?
Jack Townsend: I could.
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